2002 Volkswagen Polo 1.4 from Germany - Comments

1st Jun 2008, 13:59

I have a Polo 1.4 se 02 that I bought new.

The first problem was the indicators stopped clicking. Took it back to the dealer and was told they would have to replace all of the dashboard, after complaining they contacted customer services and they paid half-plus the labour.

Then having an MOT told the rear suspension on the n/s was leaking, car only 4 years old and with just 20k on the clock. Then the EPC light comes on, I am told it's the alternator putting in too much, and it will cost £375.Found a guy whose the dogs, who put in a new regulator for £75,EPC gone but now have new problem, the reversing lights don't work, and VW want £104 just to diagnose the fault. I am taking it to an electrical engineers on the 12th June so will post result later. This is my 5th VW all previous completely reliable but if problems continue will change to Japanese next time.

29th Jun 2008, 17:17

I have a 2002 1.4 Polo in United Kingdom. EPC and brake warning lights came on about a year ago without any obvious impairment of performance. My local VW specialist (not dealer) attributed this to a short in the brake light switch, fixed this and warning lights went out - cost £40.00. Car has now done 40,000 mles.

This is my ninth Polo in thirty-two years.

22nd Aug 2008, 09:33

It is extremely fascinating to read all of the above problems about VW Polo and now, somehow I do not feel alone.

I bought a Sep 2005 VW Polo 3 wks ago and within 3 days, I noticed both the brake system warning light and exhaust emission warning lights stayed on while driving. Thankfully, these have been fixed by my mechanic using an electronic diagnostic tool.

My major worry is that, there is a second fan closer to the right headlamp that doesn't come on. My mechanic said it is faulty and has to be replaced, but the advice from another garage was that the second fan only comes on when the engine is overheating. The other problem is that the air-conditioner sometimes blows hot air instead of cold air. When this happens, it occurs for only a few seconds.

Has anyone encountered these problems?

9th Oct 2008, 17:05

I have a polo s 2002 with under 20000 on the clock and the gearbox needs replacing has anybody else had this problem.

27th Dec 2008, 18:51

I have a 2002/3 VW Polo, 55,000 miles on the clock. I bought it from a dealer in Feb, had to have the head gasket changed in September and my Exhaust Emissions Light has been on ever since.

I have had new Lambda sensors fitted but the problem still exists. Every time I take it to a garage, they re-set the codes and the light comes back on after a few days or week.

Does anyone know why? And what could be the problem?

Thanks.

8th Jan 2009, 03:04

I have a 1390cc Polo Twist, and it recently started miss-firing and the orange 'engine' light on the dash started flashing for a few seconds, before staying on continuously.

This apparently is a very common problem, and while surfing the net, I couldn't find the remedy,... hence why I'm posting it here;

One of the four coil packs had failed... £24 and the fault was rectified :)

14th Jan 2009, 04:42

I bought a 57 plate Polo 1.2 in September 2007. I have had to return to the garage with faults to the front passenger door. I had problems with the drivers door also which after two visits to the garage were fixed. The passenger door has been packed and seemed to be okay but now the window rattles. I have to drive with the window slightly down to elevate the problem and will have to take the car back to the garage again. Has anyone had any similar problems?

19th Jan 2009, 09:54

To the comment a couple above, was the coil pack the answer? I have an 01 Y reg Polo mk5 and have had this engine check or engine electric check light coming on and off now and then. When it's off it's fine, and when it's on it's fine, but when it flashes I lose power. Been to VW, and guess what, it didn't happen when they had it, so they said it was fine, but it's not.

Now I'm having even more problems with the electrics playing up, and the battery going flat. Not sure if these are separate or connected?

27th Jan 2009, 17:05

I have a 01 1.4 VW Polo and I so wish I had found this site before I bought it!

We first started having problems with loss of power 18 months ago when I was heavily pregnant!! The car would judder, the EPC light would come on and then lose power, even with my foot flat on the accelerator.

Took it to the garage; they have tried numerous things, unable to get to the bottom of it, just keep resetting the electrics, the incidents are now becoming more and more frequent, the last one being on the motorway and not being able to go any faster than 30mph.

Please, I urge any one thinking of buying a VW to really think long and hard about it first; we have a young family and cannot afford a new car, but have had to take out a loan to buy a Toyota, as we can't run the risk of breaking down with the children.

6th Feb 2009, 04:31

Hi, so wish I had saw these comments before I bought my 2000 1.4S Polo three weeks ago. Seemed OK when I bought it, but have since had problems with it just losing power at traffic lights. Seems to start again OK, but worried that it might not. Sometimes it seems to judder and the engine seems like it is struggling to stay alive.

Also when driving, the temperature gauge seems to fall back down to below 70 (having previously been up to the middle of the gauge). Had anyone else had these problems, and do they know what they are/how to fix them?

Thanks.

17th Feb 2009, 09:41

I can really empathise with all the comments made above, as I immediately identified with what people were saying about the juddering and loss of power when sitting in traffic or at traffic lights.

I have a 1.2 Polo, which is four years old and with 65000 on the clock, and it too is juddering and losing power when it is motionless, but the engine is running.

I took it to a mechanic at first, who replaced one of the coils (I have a three cylinder Polo), but when that did not do the trick, he told me that I would have to take it to a dealership to be diagnosed on one of their machines. I took it to a dealership and paid £85 to be told that the car was losing compression in one of the cylinder heads, and that as they didn't take the cylinder head apart to see if it could be caused by a valve or the piston, I could pay up to £1500 to replace the entire head. I refused and have since taken it back to my mechanic now that the problem has been resolved. I wasn't told by my the dealership just how common this problem seems to be.